Raiders softball takes care of St Paul by a 4-2 final. DuBois fans 13.
TORRINGTON: It’s been a good week for the Torrington softball team with important wins over good teams, a trend that will serve them well as the spring season sprints on.
First off, the Raiders have been able to play games as Mother Nature has backed off and allowed them to build a little consistency in their routine.
On this past Saturday, Torrington earned an important win over previously unbeaten East Granby in a 4-1 final followed by easy wins over Kennedy (14-2) and Wolcott (9-1) coming into play on Wednesday against a top team in the Naugatuck Valley League, St Paul.
The Falcons have had a terrific season to date and sported an 11-2 record starting action against the Raiders on a brutally windy day that guaranteed nothing was leaving the yard on this day.
What St Paul had to overcome was a determined senior hurler and a lineup that has started to put the pieces together on the offensive end, something critical for them to do as the post season comes along sooner than later.
First, the pitcher.
Ali DuBois doesn’t usually need any help when she’s on the mound but have a 30-40 mile wind blowing in almost makes it unfair for the batters, especially when the Boston University bound senior is working on her change-up.
“I haven’t really had a great change up this year, DuBois said. “I know I’m going to need it down the line so I decided to work on it some today.”
On a day when she would strike out a baker’s dozen (13 for those who never got a free donut), three of them would come on simply nasty change-ups that if perfected would make DuBois nearly unhittable.
In the fourth inning with her team up 2-1, DuBois struck out both Lindsey O’Bright and Jessica Persechino on filthy pitches that had them way ahead of the pitches that struck them out.
Torrington gave their starter all the runs they would need in their half of the first and DuBois was in the middle of it.
With two outs, Carissa Carbone sliced a single down the right field line and moved to third on a long drive to left center that went for a single but without the winds, would have been long gone.
Shortstop Lauren Jamieson, who has had a terrific week at the plate and in the field, lined a single over short that plated Carbone for the game’s first run.
Amanda Theil followed with a single of her own to plate Olivia Mooney, who pinch ran for DuBois and the Raiders had struck quickly.
St Paul had come into the game scoring boat loads of runs this year and got on the board in the second with some help.
O’Bright led off with the Falcons first hit and was sacrificed to second by Persechino. A pair of wild pitches by DuBois allowed O’Bright to score, cutting the home teams lead to 2-1.
The Raiders would get a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth when Taylor Rogers singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error on a grounder off the bat of Alyssa Dowd.
Dowd reached second on the error, moved to third on a passed ball and scored when Alexis Tyrrell grounded out to short for a 4-1 lead.
St Paul would score an unearned run in their half of the fifth but DuBois would settle down and retire the last seven batters she faced, the last four via the strikeout.
Torrington improves to 9-3 while the Falcons are now 11-3.
“It was a good day for us,” head coach Maryanne Mussleman said. “The lineup did well and Ali worked on her change-up which was something she needed and it looked great.”
The Raiders stay home on Thursday to host rival Naugatuck.